By Matt Tralli, a personal trainer at The DOGPOUND
I played many sports growing up in a small town in Westchester County, NY. Each season was a different sport: football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. I loved playing sports for various reasons. It helped me stay active as a young kid, make new friends, thrive in a competitive environment, and most importantly it helped me develop essential core values through teamwork. The sport that I fell in love with the most was Football.
I was fortunate enough to play football at a very high level. Playing at the collegiate level for Marist College and then continuing at the Professional level for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks in the National Arena Football League. I truly believe football is the best TEAM sport. When you join a football team it is like joining a family. The comradery amongst football teammates is second to none. Unlike many other sports, football is truly a team sport because you need EVERYONE to do their part in order for the team as a whole to be successful. Tom Brady (quarterback for the New England Patriots) would not be the great quarterback he is if it wasn’t for his offensive linemen who protect him when he drops back for a pass. He needs his wide receivers to catch the ball from him when he throws it their way. The running back needs to block and run the ball to help set up the next passing play. All of those things make the offense successful. I didn’t even mention the defense yet, without which championships cannot be won. A football team needs all 65 players to do their part to the best of their abilities to be a winning team. And, who doesn’t want to be part of a winning team?
I believe this mantra is the same for any successful company. That value of “teamwork” was one of the first things I loved about DOGPOUND when I was hired two years ago. The DOGPOUND is a family. Just like a football team, everyone has to do their part in order for DOGPOUND to be the successful company that it is. Trainers have to work together to help achieve a client’s fitness goals. From the front desk to the trainers to the maintenance and upper management, everyone has to be on point to be successful. These core values and teamwork are what make The DOGPOUND unlike any other gym. We are a family and more importantly a community. Clients and staff feel this every time they step foot in the gym. This feeling of unity, working at DOGPOUND, is the same feeling I had at a young age playing sports, especially football. It makes you want to work for everyone on the team so everyone gets that winning feeling. Teamwork is one of the most important parts of any successful business. I believe it is essential for the youth to learn this tool so that when they are ready to start a company or join a company it is built like a football team. It all starts from the top down. Kirk Myers has built The DOGPOUND like a football team and we are an unstoppable force that will not only achieve your fitness goals but help change your life completely.